cultural & social

Ice Skating

Saturday, March 25, 2017
Ice Skating

Location: Yost Ice Arena

Registration and Cost: Please bring M card and cash or credit card. For admission and skate rental prices, please visit the website. If you have your own ice skates, you can bring them to avoid skate rental fees. Registration opens in early March.

Dangerous English

Friday, March 24, 2017
Dangerous English

Description: Do you feel anxious when you are speaking to native English speakers because you do not know which words or phrases are offensive or "politically incorrect"? We will cover some common "dangerous" English words or phrases. We will talk about when to use and when not to use certain words, "dangerous" pronunciation of words, common double meanings of words, as well as the meanings of some non-verbal gestures.

This workshop is cosponsored by the International Center and Munger Graduate Residences.

Understanding Cultural Norms to Avoid Social Mistakes in the U.S.

Thursday, February 16, 2017
Cultural Norms

Description: Each culture has norms established that are usually unwritten and may be unclear to people who are new to that culture. Part of adjusting to a new country is learning about what to do and what not to do in social situations. This interactive workshop will highlight 10 common U.S. cultural norms and expected behaviors that could save you from discomfort or embarrassment later.

Exploring Spiritual Communities

Sunday, February 12, 2017
Exploring Spiritual Communities

Spiritual Community: Chinmaya Mission

RSVP by Tuesday, February 7 at 5pm

Description: The Ann Arbor area and Southeast Michigan are home to a great diversity of religious communities from many traditions. Exploring Spiritual Communities is a great opportunity for international students and scholars to learn about several different religious communities and to visit their places of worship.

International Student Lunch Conversation

Thursday, January 19, 2017
Lunch Conversation

Description: The International Student Lunch Conversation is a casual time and space for international students to make friends, eat food, and talk about how it is to be an international student in the U.S. and at the University of Michigan. The group will address a specific topic each time, such as adjusting to the U.S., getting to know American culture, and dealing with academic stress, but is also open for students to bring their own topic.

American Football 101

Saturday, October 8, 2016
American Football

Description: American football is popular amongst sports fans in the United States. The University of Michigan is home to Michigan Stadium, nicknamed “The Big House.” Many college students like to spend Saturdays watching college football and attending on-campus sporting events is one way to show school spirit.

During the program, you will learn some basic rules about American football game, enjoy food, and watch the first half of the game (UM vs Rutgers starts at 7pm) on the screen with other international students.

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